Meeting # 3973, October 03, 2013 PDF Print E-mail

Menace of the LASFS

Meeting # 3973, October 03, 2013

Eylat Poliner presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Steve Bilan

(Portions read at the meeting are highlighted like this.)

President Eylat Poliner called meeting #3973 to order at a metric dozen minutes after 8.  Madame President has apparently made a hobby of twisting her ankle.  

The Menace were read. David Okamura bid $1  to name the Menace, “I won’t pay more than a buck to name this one”. They were so approved.

Marty Cantor announced the passing of Eliot Shorter, former TAFF winner, lived in New York. He went to the worldcon in Heidelberg, Germany.   Apparently, people would try to break through walls into his apartment, and were defeated by bookcases and file cabinets.  He was in hospice care the past week or two, and is no longer with us. We held a moment of silence in his honor.

Patron Saints

Steve D. Bilan

This is Greg Bilan’s brother.

Steve was killed in a motorcycle accident in Hawaii, and Greg bought him sainthood.

Patron Saint Steve Bilan was given three cheers and a barrel of blood wine.

Registrar Michelle announced a lack of guests.  Eylat welcomed back Francis Hamit and Leigh Strother-Vien.  They are planning to move back into the area.

REviews of Agents of SHIELD can wait until next week.

No New business.

Committee Reports

CLJII passed the Lantern O’Jack and mentioned the film schedule for the Autumn Party.

Michelle announced LASFS is one of the presenters for the NoHo Lit Crawl, 10/23, a Wednesday.  We’re in Phase II, between 7:30 and 8:30.

Eylat announced Chaz is doing a function at the LASFS, Cosplay Sewing Circle, starting at 11 on Saturday. Estrogen Zone starts at 2 or so.

It’s very good if you happen to be a good sew and sew -- Marty Cantor.

Leigh Strother-Vien suggested we not embroider on the topic.

And the LASFS formal was announced.

And her job starts one week from today.

Marty Cantor announced 12/13 is the LASFS gift exchange.

Marcia Minsky made the usual plea for people to police their areas after the meeting and program.  

David Okamura announced things are looking up for the private space program.  

Falcon 9 took off from Vandenberg, and they were experimenting with stopping and re-starting a first stage.  Can it be recovered intact after separation?  The second stage seems not to have exploded.

Elon Musk has problems.  The company’s stock has been on fire, until YouTube showed one of their model S rockets on fire. It seems to have been road debris in a battery pack.

And… they’ve built a light saber. Or at least they’ve created photon molecules.


Matthew Tepper, on his drive to work, was driving behind a brand new Tesla Model S that was not on fire.

Marty added, the very bottom of the car is the battery.  Batteries are heavy.  They were having trouble, during testing, getting the car to flip over. The Tesla is also quite rugged.  The safest car around right now.

Fred Patten has signed his new book in the library.  

He has a new book coming out in January, and it is dedicated to the LASFS.

David Okamura mentioned, if you want to see the house of the future, go to the great park in Irvine.  They’re having the US Solar Expo, from Thursday to Sunday, 11-7.  They have  17 homes students have come up with.

Francis Hamit: 2 years ago, he was in the VA hospital with pneumonia, and Leigh had pneumonia too.

Old Business:  The Forry Awards

We nominated a number of possible recipients, and then voted.

Lois McMaster Bujold receives the award this year!

Thanks to Matthew Tepper and Charlie Jackson for their aid. Thanks to Eylat Poliner for writing the names of past honorees.  

Fannish Committee Reports:



Milt was stopped cold by a line the phone taught the toaster how to train the microwave oven how to become a death ray for my mother.  Siege Perilous is in the Nov 2012 issue of Analog.  That would be a good reason to leave Seattle.

Hare ran into Michelle Trachtenberg. They’re doing a comic book based on her character Dawn in Buffy.  She had been flying to New York to meet the artist, and he turned out to be in the seat next to her.  

CLJII: you may be familiar with Agents of SHIELD.  A local TV station is running new episodes of Christine, Clark Greg’s previous series.


We adjourned at 9:10 or so.

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